January 30, 2005 Subject:
I'm All Right Jack
Really enjoyed this one. Even though it IS about community health, it also gave a great glimpse into small town life in the 1950's.
After one of the most bombastic title sequences in recent memory, the narrator then tells of what is good and bad in our town. Funny how the bad people seemed to be just the one family shown. The good people are out playing on the lawn, concerned about the doctor coming next door, and whether they'll have to get them out of the community before something bad happens to them.
Fi;m discusses everything! From when you are born til when you are aged and happily playing musical instruments. If this is all confusing, don't worry, as there will be someone happily pointing to a picture or chart to guide your way LOL. Highly reccomended!!
January 19, 2005 Subject:
There's Nothing We Can't Inspect!
This 50s film exhorts communities to beef up their health departments, by showing all the things an ideal health department does, ranging from keeping statistics on births and deaths, regulating milk production, inspecting the sanitary conditions of restaurants, holidng well-baby clinics, vaccinating pets against rabies, getting farmers to replace their outhouses with indoor plumbing, running a child guidance clinic, and more, more, more! This results in a detailed document of public health practices during the 50s, and a fairly interesting one to boot. And although its not particularly campy in and of itself, it does present many opportunities for msting, as the narrator often pauses at significant points, which just beg to be filled in with smart-ass comments.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ***. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: *****. Overall Rating: ****.